- Title: Demon Crossings
- Author: Eleri Stone
- Series: Twilight of the Gods #1
- Genre: PNR, Romance
- Format: eBook
- Source: NetGalley
- Reviewer: Soo
- Rating: 3 out of 5
Description: Private investigator Grace tracks a kidnapped child to middle-of-nowhere Iowa. Encountering a strange creature she knows can’t be a local animal, she doesn’t need her psychic abilities to figure out the sleepy town is not what it seems. When she meets the intriguing Aiden, she’s plunged into a world of Norse gods and fire demons where the Wild Hunt still rides the night.
Aiden needs Grace’s help to cross the portal between worlds and rescue his daughter. Grace is unlike any woman he’s ever met. He’s drawn to her courage, distressed by her vulnerability, and doubtful of her motives. But he knows that her visions are the key to defeating the enemy and bringing everyone home alive.
Grace wants a future with Aiden, even if it means she’ll never have a normal life. When a test run to the portal takes a terrifying turn, they must learn to finally trust each other or Aiden’s daughter, and their chance at love, will be lost forever…
Review: Read via NetGalley
Grace is a private investigator. She has a knack for finding missing children, but she wasn’t fast enough on her last case and the boy died before she found him. Needing a break, she plans on going on a road trip but gets sidetracked when a friend asks for her help to find a little girl. Grace’s secret flares with a strong vision of the missing girl, and she can’t say no to the favor or the missing child.
In the middle of nowhere, in an town named Ragnarok, Grace crashes her car in a ditch while trying to avoid a large animal in the dark. She finds herself sweep up in a stranger’s arms, stumbles into a close knit town full of secrets, faces a bucketful of facts that should be fiction, and loses herself in passion & hope.
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I enjoyed reading Demon Crossings. The story has a few holes, key ideas that feel awkward to accept, and Grace made me have mood swings. Overall, the characters have endeared themselves to me. I want to know more about Aiden, Christian, the Twins, Fen, Vanir and Hallie.
In theory, I’m intrigued by Stone’s use of Norse mythology. It’s a neat twist. Yet, the concept seemed rough and it felt like the idea was being developed as the story progressed. I really liked how the story opened with Grace searching for Maia. I enjoy the way Stone let me learn about the characters from their interactions with one another. Aiden’s response to Grace were touching. I hated the way she attacked him in their first sexual encounter. It seemed really rough & too much like forced sex. The start was harsh but Aiden’s response to Grace was a nice mix of passion & excitement. Their romp in the middle of a lightning storm was great! A raw, sexy interlude in the middle of nature is hot!
The characters made the story for me. Not necessarily their actions or the story progression. Stone created an environment and characters that intrigue me with tantalizing glimpses of sparkly potential. I really want to know more about them and look forward to their stories.